Steph Beckett

Chapel Hill Approves Funding for Rogers Road Sewer Project

The Chapel Hill Town Council approved the allocation of funds to add sewer lines to neighborhoods and houses off of Rogers Road at its meeting Monday night. The Orange County landfill was located in the historically black community for over 40 years before shutting down in 2013, under pressure from environmental justice advocates. Bringing in a new sewer system has been in the works for over two years. Town Manager Roger Stancil presented the plan to the council with a breakdown of the sewer lines. “There are 19,000 linear feet of sewer, 3.5 miles of main line,” Stancil said....

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From Berries to Bottles

The Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm sits nestled off of Highway 86 beside Pope’s Tire Service. The blueberries aren’t in season this time of year, but it doesn’t mean the owners and employees are off the clock. The Smith family has owned the farm for about three years. When they bought the property, it came with a warehouse building. And Lyndon Smith said he automatically knew he wanted it to be used for making all sorts of blueberry wines, for every type of person. “A lot of people like what they know but don’t necessarily know what they like,” he...

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Brick Thrown Through El Centro’s Door

Someone threw a brick through the back door of El Centro Hispano’s Carrboro location, and shattered the glass between 2:00 P.M. Friday and 6:45 A.M. Saturday. The first person to arrive for work at El Centro Saturday morning found the door broken and called the police. He said nothing appeared to be missing from the business, according to police records. Responding police found the brick in the back room. The employee said he is unsure of who would have thrown the brick; and the only people he could think of who may want to damage the property would be...

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Ephesus Church Road to Reopen Friday

The work being done on a portion of Ephesus Church Road is set to end Friday, reopening the road for traffic three weeks ahead of schedule. The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed Ephesus Church between Longleaf Drive and Tinkerbell Road last month to replace a pipe culvert and minimize flooding during rain. A detour was established using Pope Road, Old Chapel Hill Road, Mount Moriah Road and Fordham Boulevard. The town also established a pedestrian detour. Pedestrians will have to continue to use the detour until December 7, pending weather, according to the NCDOT. Lane closures will take place...

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Carrboro High Students Analyze Police-Race Relations

Nearly 250 people gathered at the Carrboro High School media center Tuesday night to participate in an interactive presentation of a special class project. Sophomores, juniors and seniors in Matt Cone’s “Global Cultures and Minority Systems” class spent the semester studying different cases in which an African-American was killed by a police officer. Cone said it was important for students to study these cases to obtain a better understanding of the world around them. “People say, ‘We talk about race too much,’” he said. “But if you ask those people, ‘What do you mean?’ They don’t really know. And...

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Hillsborough Residents Having Trouble with New Water Payment System

Hillsborough is changing the way its residents pay their water and sewer bills – upgrading to an online portal for the first time ever. Mayor Tom Stevens said the change stemmed from the fact that the old system was slow and obsolete. “This can have potentially a lot of opportunities and advantages,” he said. “Prior, we had some outdated software that was really not working for us and we needed to figure out some kind of solution.” He said it took a long time to discover potential problems like leaks. “We now read meters on a monthly basis and...

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New UNC Makerspace Puts Innovation in the Hands of Students

Laser cutting, 3D printing equipment, sewing machines. All are available for use in UNC’s new Be-A-Maker or BeAM innovation lab in Murray Hall. UNC has been known to offer cutting-edge technology to students for use in the classroom and for their major, but BeAM is open to everyone for both educational and personal uses. Fletcher Cox is a UNC senior, and used the sewing machines in BeAM to make a special pair of “Strip-Straps” that attach to the back of a flip-flop to make them sandals. Cox started a business from this idea for people to have a cheaper...

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Med Deli Hosting Fundraiser for Local Refugee Families

North Carolina is one of the top ten states for placement of Syrian refugees. The state had accepted 467 refugees as of September. This is one of the 10,005 that were accepted nationwide, according to WTVD. Chapel Hill is one of the cities that have been open about accepting refugees, with former mayor Mark Kleinschmidt saying that, “our community is a place for everyone,” last November. Franklin Street restaurant Mediterranean Deli is trying to show that the community is for everyone by hosting a benefit Tuesday night for the Syrian refugees currently living in Chapel Hill. “My motivation is...

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Downtown Chapel Hill Parking Free in December

The town of Chapel Hill is encouraging residents to shop local as the holidays are upon us, by implementing new parking rules that started on Thanksgiving and will be going through December. Parking is going to be free all of December on Saturdays during the day at all town-owned parking lots. Metered parking is included, but with a two-hour time limit. After 5:00 P.M., normal rates will be charged at Wallace deck and at the Rosemary/Columbia lot. All public parking is free on December 24 and December 31. The program has been implemented in recent years in December and...

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Unattended Food May Lead to Thanksgiving-Day Fires

Aside from being the most-traveled holiday all year, Thanksgiving is also the most common day for fires in the United States. People often make mistakes such as forgetting to buy something and leaving their turkey to cook unattended, or leaving their turkey to cook unattended at night while they sleep. “We don’t want to put the turkey in overnight,” said Tommy Gregory, Interim Fire Marshal for Chapel Hill. “We want to put the turkey in that morning and stay with it. You can go to other rooms in your house, but just keep in mind that you need to...

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